Can employer garnish my wages for a shipping mistake I made?

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Can employer garnish my wages for a shipping mistake I made?

I wrongfully quoted a customer shipping charges. Cost my employer about 1500
total. Can they legally take it out of my check?

Asked on February 18, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

They cannot take it out of your paycheck unless you consent or agree to let them do this.
However, they can:
1) Sue you for the money if they want; if they can prove in court that you caused them the loss due to your negligence or carelessness, they can get a court judgment requiring you to pay.
2) Terminate you--unless you have a written employment contract preventing them from firing you for this reason, they can terminte you for making a mistake and costing them money--especially if you refuse to pay for what you cost them.


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